Even if I were granted another three lifetimes, I might never know the range of experience that Carmen Aguirre has. And while much of that experience was painful, we can be thankful that she has such a clear recall. In her book we see the world through the eyes of a child and then a teenage girl, living with parents who are part of the demanding and dangerous struggle against the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.
Courage, terror, loud and outspoken racism, she has seen it all. The story is intense. Before it was published, she extracted a promise from her father never to read it. But we can and we should.
The publisher’s webpage for the book is here.